Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 18, 2011

Changes coming to Shadow Cliffs

Learn more at public meeting next week

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The water slides are coming down and shade structures are going up.

These are two of the recommendations for Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area, according to plans that will be reviewed at a public meeting Wednesday at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton. The recreational area is part of the East Bay Regional Park District.

The district began to reassess the facility after the California Splash Water Park project to expand the waterslides was abandoned by the concessionaire in 2008. A public meeting was held in May 2009 to outline conditions in the park and receive comment.

The goals of the Land Use Plan Amendment for Shadow Cliffs, according to the district, are to create a more natural landscape in areas that were once quarries and to expand wetlands and wildlife habitat as well as to expand interpretive opportunities in a natural park setting.

Some recommendations are as follows:

* Improve the overall trail system;

* Develop multi-use recreational trails to allow access into areas in western Shadow Cliffs;

* Phase out the existing Rapids Waterslide;

* Install picnic sites where appropriate on the former California Splash site; and

* Install shade shelters for family picnicking within the waterfront area.

Complete plans are available at the Pleasanton library and at

Friends of Shadow Cliffs, a citizens' group formed in response to plans to expand the waterslides, stated in a notice to its members that the district has not followed all of its recommendations. They included adding an interpretive center, providing an indoor/outdoor pavilion to encourage year-round use, and adding a young family's activity area away from the swimming beach.

Friends noted, however, that the plan does increase the overall esthetic quality of the park.

Wednesday's meeting is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. The Park District's new Mobile Visitor Center will be at the Vets Hall at 6:30 p.m., with activities led by park naturalists.

A final hearing by the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors is tentatively scheduled for March 19.


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